Sarah Palin said this past week that unlike Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, President Barack Obama lacks "the cojones" to deal with illegal immigration and America's border problems.
I agree. In fact, hers was an understatement. Actually, the only cojones President Obama has shown throughout this whole American boundary debacle are those to oppose that fine governor, turn his back on the great people of Arizona, empower drug lords, and enable illegal immigration and contraband to continue to run through our borders like gnats through screens.
The opposition that Gov. Brewer has received from President Obama is completely unbecoming of any commander in chief who has sworn an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And it is nothing short of a joke when the president's own website boasts of his "unprecedented strategic and integrated approach to border protection and security efforts."
The president finally has begun deployment of the 1,200 National Guard troops he promised last May to send to four border states. But full deployment is not expected until September, and their jobs are only supportive roles -- not to be a phalanx defending the actual border.
Compare that deployment with the 1,400 National Guard members whom Obama sent just weeks after the Gulf oil crisis began. Both the numbers and delay of dispatched troops to the border reflect how the president doesn't even regard the problem as a crisis. Indeed, when the president calls the BP oil spill "an invasion" and illegal immigrants "undocumented workers," you can bet something is amiss in the Oval Office.
Everyone knows President Obama's and Congress' inactivity on America's southern border is 100 percent politically motivated. The president knows that he and the Democrats need the Hispanic vote to maintain power after November and that any further clamping down on the border would only guarantee their political demise.
Regarding Arizona's constitutional right to manage issues pertaining to the welfare of its own residents, it's unfortunate that President Obama doesn't share the same sentiment as Joseph Story, who explained in his 1833 "Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States": "The State governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective States, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens."